It's the perfect time of year to spend a few hours getting your workspace in order.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, life throws you some curve balls that you just can't hit.
I plugged along for many years, not telling anyone I was a writer. I found it easier to avoid the topic altogether than to defend myself.
This is the hard part of simple living--the letting go. The minimizing of the schedule.
I knew it was a risk. All early adoption is. I just didn’t expect it to blow up quite as fast as it did.
These are the before pictures. They’re the ones that show all the stuff we’ve packed up even after getting rid of dozens of boxes of stuff and almost all our large furniture. If you compare this to the size of the house, you’ll see that if we move all this stuff in, we won’t be able to live in the house.
I wanted to show you the floorplan. It’s not to scale, but this will give you an idea of what we’re looking at.
Each choice has positives and negatives, and only you can determine what makes the most sense for your life.
Like any other creative endeavor, having too many tools in the kitchen can get in the way of making something truly unique … or even *good.*
Learn from my mistakes, and you can have a capsule wardrobe (maternity or otherwise) that fulfills its promise of cutting down on decision-making, leaving you looking and feeling good, and giving you more time and brain energy to do the things you love to do.
We are simplifying to buy ourselves time, save money and make more room for our creative endeavors.
Sometimes you know what you should get rid of, or you know which area to tackle. Other times, you look around your house and think, I don’t know what I need and love, and I don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, just like a blank page.
Basically, Occam was advocating simplicity, and while his idea is mainly applied to scientific explanations — simpler theories are more testable — it's relevant to everyday life.
The point of decluttering isn’t just to have less stuff. The point of decluttering is to free up space to do the thing you love.
On non-work days, I love my clothes; getting ready is easy; and it’s all puppies and rainbows in my closet. Getting ready for work is another story.
You could be losing valuable time to things that don’t really matter. Here are three time sucks to recognize and limit whenever possible, so you can make the most out of your life
When you're ready to make whatever leap you'll be making, you'll be more prepared than you thought.
Ramping up time and effort to slow down is discouraging at times, and it's really hard work.
I took the plunge in a way that suits me right now, loosely following the rules, and with the hope that someday, I'll be able to do a big-girl capsule wardrobe.
This is a bit of a science experiment, and my hypothesis is that if I lessen the fairly unimportant decisions, I'll have more brain energy to spend doing what I love.
Have you ever thought about the best way to spend your time? ... I mean in the very specific sense of assigning tasks to certain hours of the day.
The KonMari Method of decluttering leaves you surrounded by the things you love, and is a perfect technique for creative people who need to get rid of a few things.
It's a stereotype that creative people are all messy. In fact, having less clutter can free up your focus for your creative work.
For affordability, simplicity and environmentally sound living, small homes can't be beat. We just need to keep reminding ourselves of that.
Simplifying your things can free up time and space to pursue the life you were meant to live
Getting rid of the excess helps you make space and time for what really matters
Getting rid of stuff is my new obsession
Always being busy is nothing to be proud of. If we're going to brag, we need to shift the paradigm and brag about what matters most.
It's time to refocus on making time for the things we love. Saying no can be hard but it's possible and it's not terrible.